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Overview

Bedrooms:
2
Bathrooms:
2
Sleeps:
4
Type:
Apartment
Pets allowed:
Ask
Wi-Fi available:
Yes

2 Unknown types

Description from manager

Ground floor:

* 1 living room with kitchenette and exit to two outdoor areas (one facing south, the other north) in front of the apartment

Upper floor:

* 2 double bedrooms (can be transformed to twin beds)

* 2 bathrooms with shower

Lavanda is equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, radio, cooker, small oven, microwave, fridge, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer.

In a landscape of rare beauty

This elegant farmstead is located in the most coveted region of central Tuscany. Strategically positioned in the middle of the Golden Triangle - Florence, Siena, Pisa - the property sits on top of a hill, surrounded by 24 acres or vineyards, olive groves and woods with stunning landscape views.

The property takes its name from the vast groves of olive trees that surround it in every direction, and will impress its guests with stunning views of the gently rolling hills leading to the ancient towers of San Gimignano. The silver-grey of the olives blends with the dark green of cypresses, creating a spectacular show of colours. The surrounding landscape resembles the background of Renaissance paintings admired in the paintings of Leonardo, Botticelli and Benozzo Gozzoli.

The property consists of three buildings: the villa with tower of the property owner, adjecting to it the house Villa Olivo transformed into four guest apartments and some metres distant a detached former barn (Capanna Olivo / also featured in our portfolio).

The four apartments are an atmospheric ambience designed with loving care for details. The layout and the decoration was a project of the property owner Paola. She invested a lot of time and love in choosing the right marble, tiles and light fixtures for the kitchens and the bathrooms, and in finding the right material for the sofas and armchairs as well as having a few choice pieces of antique family furniture restored. Amenities include air conditioning (although you'll rarely need it, as the hilltop location allows for maximum circulation of Tuscan breezes), satellite TV, radio, cooker, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, American coffee machine and hair dryer.

Outside, each apartment has its terrace for al fresco dining, and every day the sunset is the very special event. A beautiful garden path decked with flowers leads to a magnificent Mediterranean style swimming pool with Roman steps. On return from a day out, you can relax here whiling away late summer afternoons with a favourite novel.

The guests are free to stroll through the olive groves and adjacent vineyards, and sample the Chianti wines and olive oil produced by the nearby family-owned farm. The farm organises wine tastings free of charge in the wine cellar, and the recently awarded Super Tuscan wine is excellent.

At walking distance there are a family-owned Tuscan Restaurant (bring a torch if you like to walk - as the street is not illuminated), a mini-market and one of the oldest churches of the region. Just a few miles down the hill there is Certaldo Alto, the picturesque, walled medieval hilltop town renowned for being the birthplace of the poet and writer Giovanni Boccaccio, the author of "The Decameron".

In this region you can dine in one of the many local restaurants known for their delicious Tuscan food. In Certaldo the guests may attend music concerts und cultural festivals. For longer day trips and lovers of the Italian Renaissance, Florence, Volterra, Siena and Pisa are all within one hour by car.

The villa's location only 8 km from the railway station of Certaldo is a good base to visit Florence and Siena even without a car: You can park your car in Certaldo (parking next to the railway station) and take the train in both directions. During the week, trains to Florence/Siena and back go regularly (approx. every 1.5 or 2 hours). The train ride takes less than one hour. In Florence the train will take you to the main train station which is right in the centre of Florence - it is just a short walk from the station "Santa Maria Novella" to the Cathedral or the Uffizi. In Siena the railway station is located approx. 3 km from centre, and you have to take a bus to reach the old town on top of the hill. One hour of driving takes you to the sea.

Additional amenities: American coffee machine, Cooker/hot plates, Electric kettle, Laundry with washing machine, Olive groves and vineyards surrounding the villa, Outdoor area in front of each unit, Pool: 6 x 14m / shared pool, Private Chef

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 10477482

Manager profile

Hidden Italy
Years listed:
9

Languages spoken: English, German, Italian

About the manager

Are you planning to travel to Italy as a couple or with a group of family and friends? Are you looking to rent a house? In search of that special atmosphere? A place that combines the poetry of yesterday and the comfort of today? At Hidden Italy you will find it. Hidden Italy is a small and personal...

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This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.

Damage deposit: ($276.45) €250.00
Smoking
Please contact the owner

Amenities

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • Secure parking
  • Wi-Fi available

Appliances

  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Toaster

Bathrooms

  • 2 Unknown types

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